Sunday 11 December 2016

Sun safety with style

Published 01/11/2010 | 04:55

Man wearing hat and sunglasses looking at mountains, close-up, Joffre Pass, British Columbia, Canada
Man wearing hat and sunglasses looking at mountains, close-up, Joffre Pass, British Columbia, Canada

They’re summer’s favourite fashion accessory – but choose the right sunglasses and they can also be good for your health all year round.

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Thanks to high profile public information campaigns – and a few red shoulders – we’re starting to get the message about the importance of using sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

But did you know that your eyes are also susceptible to long-term damage?

A study at the University of Wisconsin Medical School has found that leaving your eyes bare to glare – even in winter – for five or more hours per day during your teens and twenties doubles the risk of developing early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the developed world.

The risk is higher in summer, with long sunny days, when many of us go in search of sparkling sea and sun-kissed beaches. However, don't forget that your eyes need protection all year round.

Make sure that you take some simple precautions to safeguard your eyes all year round. It may be a welcome sight after a cold winter, but never look directly at the sun under any circumstances.

Take a tip from optometrists and wear good quality, dark sunglasses. Avoid cheap alternatives and look out for the CE mark, which ensures that they offer a safe level of UV protection.

Visit your nearest Specsavers store to see the latest approved prescription sunglasses, which guarantee you safety with style – and value – whatever the season.

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